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    Leonardo DiCaprio Confirmed For Early 'Django Unchained' Talks; Will Smith Unlikely To Sign?

    Jamie Foxx & Chris Tucker Also In The Running For The LeadWhile Deadline is trumping exclusive, they were (kind of) beat to the story a week ago so let's rewind a bit. Last week, former Creative Screenwriting magazine Senior Editor Jeff Goldsmith tweeted, “Casting Rumor: Leonardo DiCaprio WILL play villain Calvin Candie in [Quentin] Tarantino‘s “Django Unchained”! QT wanted him for I.B. & now has him!” Well, it looks like it's just a matter of working out deal points right now.

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    Picton Picturefest: One Month To Go

    So for the past year or so I've been slowly organizing a little film festival and "cinephile retreat" in small town Canada, the result of being totally blown away by this and wanting to do something similar on my home turf. Basically, I got together with my lifelong BFF Jen (who works at the Toronto Film Festival and who I've literally known since I was a fetus), and we just slowly started putting the pieces together. We picked a gorgeous little town near where the two of us grew up and literally started going door to door hoping to gauge some interest. For the first six months of planning, I genuinely never expected it to work out. But a mix of some grant funding (thanks Ontario Arts Council) and some fabulous enthusiasm from people wanting to help out turned out to be enough to get things off the ground, and now here we are: just one month to go. It has definitely been one of the most fulfilling things I've ever taken on, especially now that things are really coming together. Our full film program is now up, and only July 7th we'll kick off four days of screenings, workshops, parties and merriment amidst what is truly one of the most picturesque communities in Ontario (fyi to those unaware: the festival takes place in Prince Edward County, which is roughly a 2.5 hour drive east of Toronto; and a 4 hour drive west of Montreal... some call it "Ontario's 'Provincetown'" by personally I'd peg it more as a Canadian version of Napa).

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Thelma and Louise - 20 Years On

    In homage to its 20th anniversary, Shania Twain and Taylor Swift recreated a scene from the film that will open the Country Music Television Awards this evening. As Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon reunited in Toronto to celebrate the film to an audience of 1,800 people.

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    Obviously: Roland Emmerich Offered Director's Chair For 'Asteroids'

    Roland Emmerich who has combined his knack for big explosions and doomsday scenarios into a film career, is going to take a stab at something resembling respectability when he delivers the Shakespeare conspiracy theory movie "Anonymous" later this year, but we knew he couldn't stay away from the CGI for too long.

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    "One Lucky Elephant" is Everything That's Wrong With Documentary Today

    What weighs more, the ton of things wrong with "One Lucky Elephant" or the film's main subject? That depends, I guess, on whether you think that subject is Flora, the elephant of the title (though I never understood in what way she's "lucky"), or circus ringleader Ivor David Balding, who is still quite a heavy man. I see it as his selfish tale of not wanting to let go of his pet, star, friend, daughter and anything else he thinks of Flora, upon whom his St. Louis-based show is named. Balding and the elephant have been together 16 years, but she's no longer into circus work and needs a new home. Early on he tells a local news crew that the separation is like sending his kid off to college. If you're familiar with Doug Block's "The Kids Grow Up," there is indeed some similarity between that film's story of parent-child separation and this one.

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    Lena Dunham, Chris O'Dowd, Charlene Yi & Wyatt Russell Join Judd Apatow's 'Knocked Up' Spinoff

    With lensing set to gear up soon, Judd Apatow is beginning to pad out the cast of his untitled "Knocked Up" spinoff, which is also known as "This Is Forty." The film will star Leslie Mann and Paul Rudd, who are reprising their roles Debbie and Pete, in the picture that will follow their relationship five years after the events of the preceding movie. Megan Fox and Albert Brooks are also on aboard and continuing to mix old and new faces, four new names have been announced.

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  • Hope for Film
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    Guest Post: Jennifer Fox "How MY REINCARNATION Broke All Kickstarter Records & Raised $150,000"

    Two weeks ago Jennifer Fox shared with us some of the lessons she learned crowdfunding (1st six here, next 14 here) . Since then, she has gone down in the record books for both the number of donations and the amount thereof. If they gave records for quality as well as quantity she probably would have gotten those too.

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    Reese Witherspoon Might Ruin A Bachelor Party In 'Who Invited Her?'

    With "The Hangover Part II" and "Bridesmaids" cleaning up at the box office expect to see an uptick in wedding party based movies, each with a slightly different twist. If there is anything Hollywood is great at, it's taking something audiences find fresh and funny and then bombarding them with it.

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    The Glamour of Doing Business in Cannes

    Our friend in the business, Morris Ruskin of Shoreline Entertainment frequently blogs on the business for Huffington Post. His latest on is on Cannes. For us both, the real stars of the festival (and market) are the producers! Enjoy!

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    Zach Galifianakis Reveals Alan Will Be In A Mental Hospital In 'The Hangover Part 3'

    With well over $300 million in box office receipts and counting, "The Hangover Part II" is a bonafide smash hit. Before the movie came out, there was already talk of a third entry in the comedy franchise and after audiences flocked to the movie opening weekend, it didn't take long for Warner Bros. to hire back Craig Mazin to get writing the script for a followup. And while the cast has busy calendars in the immediate future -- Bradley Cooper starts "The Place Beyond The Pines" this summer with "The Crow" and possibly "Paradise Lost" waiting in the wings; Ed Helms returns to "The Office" in the fall; Zach Galifianakis shoots "Southern Rivals" with Will Ferrell this summer -- it looks like they're already getting calls to firm them up for another boozy adventure.

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